At Perry Middle School, we want to do all that we can to keep our
Some times, students are victims of harassment and may not know
what to do.
Sometimes those who harass another student may not realize that
what they are doing is against the law.
Today we want to let you know about a law ( Title IX) that gives
victims certain rights especially as it relates to harassment
including sexual harassment/bullying.
•Federal law Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, including
sexual harassment in education programs and activities.
•Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
is the federal agency responsible for the enforcement of Title
IX in schools. This agency took on oversight in 1980
Title IX Facts
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from
participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under
any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
Title IX protects students from harassment connected to any of the
academic, educational, extracurricular, athletic and other programs or activities of
the schools regardless of the location.
Title IX protects students (male and female) from sexual harassment by anyone.
WHAT IS SEXUAL HARASSMENT?
Sexual Harassment of a student interferes with a student’s
right to receive an education free from discrimination.
Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature.
Sexual Harassment Can Be In the Form of:
•Comments about a person’s body
•Spreading rumors that may be considered sexual
•Sexual remarks or accusations
•Telling “dirty jokes” or stories when those who are listening
are uncomfortable with what is being told
WHAT IS SEXUAL HARASSMENT? (cont.)
Sexual Harassment can be in the form of
•Displaying or distributing sexually explicit drawings or pictures
•Writing graffiti of a sexual nature
•Sending crude or sexually descriptive e-mails or letters
•Making obscene gestures
•Grabbing or touching oneself or another student in a sexual
manner that is unwanted, uncomfortable, embarrassing or
Reporting Sexual Harassment
Harassment should be reported to an administrator, teacher, or the Title IX
Coordinator at each school.
If a teacher witnesses sexual harassment occurring, the teacher will immediately
report it to a school administrator.
If a student witnesses sexual harassment occurring, that student should report this
to their teacher, counselor, or an administrator.
Students are encouraged to report incidents whether they are the victim or they
witness this occurring to other students. Our concern is that all students feel safe
A counselor is always available to talk to students about this.
Each school has a Title IX Coordinator who is responsible for overseeing issues
dealing with harassment. Our Title IX Coordinator is Dr. Alfreda Fluellen-Hall.
When our school receives a complaint, we will
•Promptly investigate, talk to all witnesses and look at
•Determine what occurred
•Take appropriate steps to resolve the situation
•Contact parents to let them know about the situation
•Not tolerate any form of retaliation against a student
who reports harassment
We will do all that we can to make certain our students
feel safe at Perry Middle.